Antonio Brown seems to be saying goodbye to Pittsburgh for real this time.
About a month after he thanked Pittsburgh Steelers fans on Twitter and said he wasn't bidding adieu, the wide receiver bid adieu to them in a Twitter video on Tuesday. Brown wrote that it's "time to move on and forward."
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019
The song underneath? Lil Uzi Vert's "Do What I Want."
Minutes later, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Brown has formally requested a trade from Pittsburgh.
Antonio Brown has not been traded nor has he been released. But Brown wants a trade and he officially has requested that from the Steelers, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
What does the Antonio Brown song mean? Not much new. The #Steelers WR has requested a trade and would like a fresh start, source said, but the team has not yet granted that request.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2019
Since the Steelers' season ended in Week 17 without Brown in the lineup, the All-Pro receiver has made it clear he wants to come to San Francisco and play for the 49ers. Despite his desires and the 49ers' obvious need at his position, Brown has plenty of red flags.
The NFL is investigating the 30-year-old for a Jan. 17 domestic incident in which he allegedly pushed his daughter's mother to the ground. He was not arrested and since has filed for sole custody of his daughter.
Whether or not that discourages the 49ers -- or any other team -- from indulging his request remains to be seen.